Friday, August 14, 2009
Vick signs with the Eagles
The answer to whether Michael Vick would play in the NFL this season has been answered, along with the question of which team would take a chance on signing him. Vick signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday making him a professional football player once again. The one year contract worth a reported $1.6 million dollars comes with a one year team option worth over $5 million. Michael Vick will be introduced at an Eagles press conference scheduled for today at 11 a.m. EST.
Vick was convicted in 2007 for conspiracy and bankrolling a dog fighting operation. The conviction and details involving the brutal killings of innocent dogs left the public disgusted and mortified. The animal rights group PETA protested against Vick's actions in 2007 and continue to protest today. They wasted no time reminding the public of Vick's actions and their disappointment in the Eagles for signing him.
The NFL players seem to have a different take on Michael Vick and his conviction. Many players feel that Vick has served his prison sentence and should be given a second chance. One of those players is Eagles starting quarterback and the face of the franchise, Donovan McNabb. "I pretty much lobbied to get him here," McNabb stated. "I believe in second chances and what better place to get a second chance than here with this group of guys...".
The signing comes just days before the show "60 Minutes" airs Vick's first interview since serving out his prison term. In the interview, Vick expresses remorse and shame for his actions. CBS Sports' James Brown conducts the interview that will air Sunday night. Although Vick can immediately participate in team practices, meetings, and preseason games, he won't be eligible for game play until week 6. The Eagles face Vick's former team, the Atlanta Falcons, on December 6th.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber, File